Dec 28, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) against the Montreal Canadiens during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Welcome Martin St. Louis

Good Day New York Rangers fans! If you haven’t heard already, the Rangers traded team Captain Ryan Callahan, a conditional second round draft pick in 2014, and a 1st round draft pick in 2015 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for their Captain, Martin St. Louis.

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I would like to start by wishing Ryan Callahan nothing but the best in Tampa Bay, and wherever he may end up after that. I want to thank him for his years with the Rangers, and say that his work ethic will be missed, as he gave 110% every single night. He was a leader in the locker room and that will be missed going forward.

That being said, Martin St. Louis is now a New York Ranger. For those who don’t know much about St. Louis, he is a Stanley Cup Champion, Art Ross trophy winner, Hart Trophy winner, two-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner, Lester B. Pearson Winner, and a Bud Light Plus-Minus Award winner. Obviously, St. Louis is nothing short of a league MVP. In 62 games this season, St. Louis has 61 points, coming as 29 goals and 32 assists. Also worth noting St. Louis has taken only three penalties in that time period. St. Louis is in the top 10 of points scored in the NHL this season, and in 48 games last season tallied 60 points. I have to stress these statistics because I know there is some concern of whether or not St. Louis is still good in his old age of 38, and clearly he has not slowed down at all.

The Rangers offense just received a major scoring boost, and as reported the Rangers are attempting to get St. Louis to New York City for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The one thing this trade means to me is that General Manager Glen Sather is trying to reinforce his “win-now” mentality. Regardless of whether it’s true or not, we’re all excited for the debut of St. Louis tonight against the Maple Leafs!

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